Proposed Micronesian Tourism Complex
Unicorn International Group
Office of the Public Affairs
proponent for the development of a premier hotel/resort in Lukop Madolenihmw. Unicorn International, a Hong Kong based company and a subsidiary of
Group made an unexpected visit to Pohnpei last week. It will be recalled that
the company visited Pohnpei last year. At the helm of the group, is a world
renowned philanthropist, world leader and industrialist, accompanied by the
President of the company, Ambassador-at-Large Kerri Zhou and Ambassador-at-Large
Tzeng Cheng who through his indefatigable efforts brought this project into
made an ocular inspection on the proposed project site (meaning, they went and
saw it.) They were impressed on the natural landscape and beauty of the area
befitting an ideal hideaway with five star hotel amenities.
communications and messages ensued thereafter which finally concluded in the
signing of a Memorandum of Agreement. The MOU mandates the State Governor of
Pohnpei to file to the Pohnpei Legislature a “bill for an omnibus development
statute” to give clearance to the Governor and authority for the development of
the project. Further, the “bill shall provide for an exclusive casino gambling
license, for regulation of the gambling activities and shall address the
potential social, cultural and environmental impacts. Along with
this project and upon the passage of the Omnibus Bill the State Governor and
Unicorn International will enter in to negotiations for a detailed agreement for
the construction and management of the proposed MICRONESIAN TOURISM COMPLEX.
The delay in
passing the Omnibus Bill prompted Ambassadors-at-Large Ms. Kerri Zhou and Mr.
Solomon Cheng to make an unannounced visit to Pohnpei to personally follow up
the status of the project. A lengthy discussion regarding the project is made
leading to the invitation to the State Governor and the State Legislature
Speaker was extended to visit Macau by the mid-part of June 2010 to feel and see
the experience of a once sleeping fishing village metamorphosed in to a
progressive and modern region by opening its doors for tourism and gambling with
the least impact into its traditions and culture.
The legacy of history is preserved and its people remain unperturbed
in the midst of modernity especially the influence of gambling casinos. The
Federated States of Micronesia has many natural beauties and landscapes to offer
and it is a defining moment for the delegation to learn from Macau.
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